unknown, but thought-provoking author has written:
grew up in the forties and fifties with practical
A Mother... God love her, who washed aluminum
foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was
the original recycle queen, before they had a name for
who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying
new ones. Their
marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best
friends lived barely a wave away.
can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat
and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and
dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing
things: a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door,
the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep. It
was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All
that re-fixing, re-heating, renewing; I wanted just
once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing
things away meant you knew there'd always be MORE!
then my father died, and on that clear summer's night,
in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with
the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all
used up and goes away... never to return. So, while we
have it... it's best we love it... and care for it...
and fix it when it's broken... and heal it when it's
sick. This is true: for marriage... and old cars...
and children with bad report cards... and dogs with
bad hips... and aging parents... and grandparents.
We keep them because THEY are worth it, because
WE are worth it.
things we KEEP! Like a best friend that
moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life
important, like people we know who are special... and
so, we keep them close!" *
got some GOOD NEWS for you!
God thinks YOU and I are "keepers."
Even though we sin and fall short of His glory (Romans
3:23), He loves us and wants
to save us and keep us.
He even gave His Son to die on our behalf on a
cross to pay the price for our redemption (Ephesians
that you were NOT redeemed with corruptible things,
like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct
received by tradition from your fathers, but with the
precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19).
wants to keep us eternally, but we MUST accept His
He will redeem those who will believe
in Jesus (Acts 16:31), repent
of their sins (Acts 17:30-31), confess
His Son before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized
(immersed) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
He will CONTINUE to keep those who CONTINUE to
follow Him (1 John 1:7).
wants YOU – for keeps!
Won't you accept His offer?
God bless you!
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
* Author Unknown
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